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01/09/2013 at 17:55

Hi everyone, I need your help again please.

Have attached a couple of photos here. This is the Laurel? tree that forms the barrier around our property. Its now covered in the berries below. Edible? Poisenous? 

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/30371.jpg?width=512&height=350&mode=max

The tree. Laurel?

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/30372.jpg?width=274&height=350&mode=max

These are the berries. Sorry if the pic is a little blurry, they're really high up and I couldn't hold this phone still with my arms outstretched in the air! Hope you can see them well enough.

Thank you, Heather

01/09/2013 at 18:01

My understanding is that the flesh around the central stone isn't poisonous, but if you chewed the stone you would be quite ill indeed.  The leaves too are poisonous.

The title to your thread implies that you think this is bay laurel - it is not, it is cherry laurel.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_laurocerasus

01/09/2013 at 18:04

Thanks Dove, I just had a feeling that they parobably weren't the best thing to eat! Will tell Mr. Bloke that he needs to quash the temptation to eat them like they were cherries! Presume I am correct and its a Laurel tree? 

01/09/2013 at 18:05

Dove sorry only half your response came up before and didn't see the link here. Thanks again for the help. And if its a cherry laurel that explains whey the other half says they look like cherries.

01/09/2013 at 18:06

Yep - English or cherry laurel.  Is this a much-needed bloke or dispensible? 

01/09/2013 at 18:07

 I added the link and the bit about it not being bay afterwards as it was then that I saw the title properly.  

01/09/2013 at 18:07

hehe Dove I like your style! How to answer that? Bit of both at times 

01/09/2013 at 18:50

01/09/2013 at 20:14

Quote wiki...

 

"Unlike the rest of the plant, which is poisonous, the cherries are edible, although rather bland and with a somewhat astringent flavour compared to the fruit of apricots, true cherries, plums, and peaches, to which it is related."

 

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Horticulture/Prunus_laurocerasus

01/09/2013 at 20:28
01/09/2013 at 20:35

Which is what I said 

Dovefromabove wrote (see)

...... the flesh around the central stone isn't poisonous, but if you chewed the stone you would be quite ill indeed.  ......

01/09/2013 at 20:45

maybe I'll carry on as before. not eating them

02/09/2013 at 07:50

Thanks everyone who had input on this and thanks for all the links, I never seem to know where to go to find out what I need.

nut, I'm with you!

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